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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Applied research gets starring role in the president's 2022 budget

Last week, President Joe Biden unveiled a proposed 2022 budget for the U.S. government that would boost federal spending on research and development by nine percent, or $13.5 billion, including what he calls “the biggest increase in non-defense [R&D] spending on record.” The plan puts an unprecedented emphasis on translating scientific discoveries into practical tools for fighting climate change and disease, bolstering the economy and tackling other issues. It also includes more modest funding for the humanities. 


Senate passes bill funding technology research through NSF

The Senate passed bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would authorize billions of dollars in funding for technology research in the United States, much of which would be available for institutions of higher education. If the U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness Act passes the House as is, the National Science Foundation would receive $81 billion over five years, beginning in fiscal year 2022. The bill is largely centered around “key technology focus areas,” which include artificial intelligence, advanced computing, robotics and automation, natural disaster prevention or mitigation, biotechnology and data storage and management. Read more in Inside Higher Ed.


New class of GRANT research administrator training begins September 15

The GRANT Certificate Program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, offers research administrators a foundational grant life-cycle education. GRANT guides research staff through the ins and outs of grant administration, from pre- to post-award functions, with instruction from administrators from SAM, Grants and Funds Management and UofSC departments. The curriculum includes (but is not limited to) the following classes, held once a week from 9:00 a.m. to noon: Pre-Award, Proposal Development, Budget Fundamentals, Cost Share, Time and Effort, Subawards, Compliance, Post-award and NIH/NSF overview. The next GRANT class begins September 15, 2021, and will run through March 2022. Register today.


May 2021 grant awards report now available

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to share the May 2021 monthly awards report listing new grant awards received by faculty throughout the University of South Carolina System. Get the report.


10 June 2021

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